You are on me and we are atop the mountain, hitchhiking to
another summit, wet eyes to the monsoon.
We holler at fate to strike us lickety-flick,
make the camera flash explode, we holler
and we’ve been up here five nights this week,
feet bare, shirts wet,
coathangers pointing up.
We are waiting for the bang, we are still
scurrying, we are termites
hurtling through the ocean
in the wood of the hull.
Your palm smashes the emergency glass
and my ears swallow the alarm,
red imprint glowing on my cheek.
We quiver while the storm clouds gather, and
I open my mouth to scream.